Update on Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada

Both backup infielders for the New York Mets have shed their walking boots.

Flores is currently working out at the Mike Barwis fitness and conditioning program at the Mets’ complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and is scheduled to begin hitting this week.

Tejada has been working out in his native Panama. He may report to Port St. Lucie as early as Feb. 1 — more than three weeks before the official position-player report date on Feb. 24.

Source: Adam Rubin, ESPN.com

It certainly seems like both are progressing either on or ahead of schedule.

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10 comments for “Update on Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada

  1. Jim OMalley
    January 27, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Excellent news. I still don’t know about Wilmer being a back up first baseman though.

  2. Eraff
    January 27, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Why would you hesitate with Wilmer at 1st?

    • January 28, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      Because he’s not played a game there in the majors (only 20 in the minors) and as Mike Piazza proved, not everyone can play 1B.

      • Eraff
        January 28, 2016 at 2:14 pm

        With some Prep, Piazza may have been able to play there– certainly Flores has Glove and Hand Skills that correclate very well to Success there. My assumption is that he’s a good bet to play Adequately. That’s at least as well as Duda!(anticipating Defensive Stats that argue that Duda is a “fine” First Baseman….silly).

        • January 28, 2016 at 2:26 pm

          Duda has good footwork around the bag, which we got to see a ton because of all of the rotten throws from Flores, and he’s strong in scooping balls out of the dirt, again, we’ve seen him do this a lot. And he’s gotten better at going after foul pops.

          If you think Flores would be in the same ballpark defensively as Duda in 2016, I’d say you’re really mistaken.

          • Eraff
            January 28, 2016 at 3:01 pm

            You believe Duda is the 2nd Coming of Wes Parker…you’re Delirious! 🙂

            Interesting that you “defend” Duda by pointing out “Rotten Throws” from Flores…a Guy you’ve Defended as a Short Stop.

            Strange.

            • January 28, 2016 at 3:51 pm

              You need to stop putting words in my mouth.

  3. Matty Mets
    January 28, 2016 at 7:57 am

    I’m excited to have Flores in a super sub role. i think he’s going to be great.

  4. TexasGusCC
    January 31, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SC_BGw36Vms

    This is Wilmer Flores’ highlight film for 2015. Can someone please find and paste the Ruben Tejada one?

    • Chris F
      February 1, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      Sure, until Utley assaulted him, he was the post season SS.

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